Man sought in deadly Coweta home invasion
Girl, 17, killed, two men wounded
By MIKE MORRIS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/31/04
Authorities in Coweta County on Wednesday issued a murder warrant in a home invasion and robbery that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two men wounded.
Heather Rhodes was a senior at Starrs Mill High School.
Heather Rhodes, a student at Starr's Mill High in Peachtree City, was shot to death about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when two men, at least one armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, entered an apartment at the Lakeside complex in Newnan.
Wounded were Mandrell Mahama, an apartment resident, and Steven Devereux, 22, of Fayetteville, who was visiting the apartment, said Capt. Jim Yarbrough of the sheriff's department.
Devereux was listed in serious condition late Wednesday morning at Atlanta Medical Center. Mahama was taken to Grady Hospital, but no word on his condition was available.
"It's got the appearance of a home invasion," said Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. "They might have known who they were going after or what they were going after."
Yarborough said the intruders apparently thought that drugs and money could be found in the apartment. He said it appeared the residents voluntarily let the two men inside.
Yarbrough said Rhodes was visiting Mahama, her boyfriend, at the apartment. Mahama is a former Peachtree City resident.
The sheriff's department has issued a murder warrant for Roderrick Calvin Thomas, 24, of College Park. Investigators have taken another person into custody for questioning, Yarbrough said.
Authorities are looking for a 1972-74 sky-blue Chevrolet Impala with a white flames decal on the hood, Yarbrough said. The car has a black interior and a loud exhaust system.
Grief counselors went to Starr's Mill High on Wednesday morning.
"Heather was a member of Vocational Opportunity Clubs of America and Future Business Leaders of America," said Melinda Berry-Dreisbach, a spokesman for the Fayette school system. "She worked in the school store and has been described by faculty members as a very sweet and caring young lady."
Staff writer Ralph Ellis contributed to this article.
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